Posted by: southadmin | 16/08/2012

South Yorkshire Community Foundation – Comic Relief Funding

South Yorkshire Community Foundation is administering the

Local Communities programme on behalf of Comic Relief in the

four boroughs of Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield.

 Comic Relief spends money raised by its fundraising campaigns Red Nose Day and Sport Relief – Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England and Wales), SCO39730 (Scotland)

Minimum grant size is £1,000 and maximum grant size is £10,000.

The deadline for applications is Friday 28th September 2012

 This pot is likely to be heavily oversubscribed as there is only £35,000 for the whole of South Yorkshire. Please read the criteria carefully before applying.


This programme aims to empower local people enabling them to make lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.  This can include “communities of interest” which cover a wider geographical area.

 Comic Relief is particularly keen to support project with the following beneficiaries:

Black Minority Ethnic communities, Homeless, Lesbian/ Gay/ Bisexual/ Transgender and Refugee/ Asylum Seekers/ Immigrants.

The funding will support community groups running projects that:

  • Increase local services
  • Build skills of local people
  • Increase community cohesion
  • Respond to local economic needs

 Please note: A Local Communities grant must be at least 30% of the total project cost

Organisations which have received a Community Cash grant or any other grant from a Community Foundation can apply for a Local Communities grant. However organisations which hold a grant directly from Comic Relief, can not apply for a Local Communities Grant.

Who can apply?

  • Community groups
  • Resident associations
  • Community centres
  • Social enterprises/community interest companies
  • Credit unions

Examples of the type of activities that will be funded

  • Community sport activities
  • Furniture projects
  • Projects providing access to benefits advice
  • Projects combating fuel poverty
  • Community consultation exercises
  • Community employment projects
  • Food Co-ops
  • Running costs – including salaries, core costs and project costs, committee and volunteer / staff training


 Grants will not be awarded to:

  • Individuals;
  • statutory organisations, including schools;
  • fund trips abroad;
  • fund buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project);
  • fund building costs, including access adaptations to buildings

You can now apply online via our website


Applications must be submitted, to reach this office by 5pm Friday 28th September 2012. Results will be notified within 10 weeks.  Unsuccessful applications may also be considered as part of our Small Grant Fund (if eligible) and may be awarded a grant from an alternative fund.

The Local Communities programme will run until June 2013 and the final round will be opened in January 2013.For further details regarding application forms or to discuss your project before you apply, please contact:

The Grants Team

South Yorkshire Community Foundation

Unit 3 – G1 Building
6 Leeds Road
S9 3TY                       Telephone: 0114 242 4294  Fax: 0114 242 4605

Email:   or visit our website

Registered Charity 1140947 Inc No: 7545536



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